Monthly Archives: September 2013

‘Russia, Syria and the US: Parsing Uncle Vlad’ by John McDermott

I always like a sense of humor, even about serious matters and I thought this parsing of Vladimir Putin’s New York Times article on Syria, by John McDermott in the UK Financial Times very insightful, not to mention funny. http://blogs.ft.com/off-message/2013/09/12/russia-syria-and-the-us-parsing-uncle-vlad/ John … Continue reading

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Family Demons and Career Choice

This post is dedicated to my dear friend Evelyn, who suggested I blog on this topic after we discussed it. I grew up in a very conflict averse family. There was an immense amount of subterranean conflict going on between my … Continue reading

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Identifying and Avoiding Contaminated Mindware: Keith Stanovich

I have always found the work of Canadian psychologist Keith Stanovich useful in my conflict research and my friend John recently posted this on his site dedicated to Keith’s work and it then links into an article by Jamie Hale from … Continue reading

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‘Libertarians Are the New Communists’ by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu

I found this article in the business conservative Forbes magazine profoundly insightful. The article is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-05/libertarians-are-the-new-communists.html        Most people would consider radical libertarianism and communism polar opposites: The first glorifies personal freedom. The second would obliterate it. Yet the … Continue reading

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‘We Remember Your Childhood Well’ by Carol Ann Duffy (1955-)

Nobody hurt you. Nobody turned off the light and argued with somebody else all night. The bad man on the moors was only a movie you saw. Nobody locked the door. Your questions were answered fully. No. That didn’t occur. … Continue reading

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Syria and All That

What is happening in the Middle East is a large scale regional civil war, maybe comparable to the European World Wars in due course. Sunni versus Shia and secular versus Islamist. The problem is that none of them, not Sunnis, … Continue reading

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A Plutocracy Ruled by Self-Centered Jerks?

Interesting new studies covered in this article by Joshua Holland from Moyers and Company at                                                http://billmoyers.com/2013/08/27/a-plutocracy-ruled-by-self-centered-jerks/  which throws some light on the famous interchange between F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. The former said ‘The rich are different’ and Hemingway replied: … Continue reading

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